What the heck is “vomitory seating”?
That’s a question readers had after seeing the Bradenton Herald’s Oct. 18 story about future renovations at McKechnie Field.
It contained a Fawley/Bryant architectural rendering that included the term vomitory seating.
“Will someone please tell me what that is?” John Crawford wrote.
Its origin is in the Latin word vomere -- disgorging spectators -- and its derivative is vomitorium, which, the dictionary says, pertains to “an entrance piercing the banks of seats of a theater, amphitheater or stadium.”
Vomitory seating is above the entrance.
It does not necessarily have to do with hurling.
Although, joked Trevor Gooby, the Pirates senior director of Florida Operations, “The Romans were big drinkers.”
n Uh, oh! Daniel Wolfson is about to hit the Big 5-0! The milestone lands on the Manatee clerk’s office worker on 11-11-11.
Cheers from wife Linda and daughters Racheal and Leah.
n Marine Capt. Doug Schofield, a 1991 Manatee High grad and former Hurricane, made a friendly wager in Afghanistan with Matt Hick, a 2004 Venice High alum and hospital corpsman second class.
When the Hurricanes and Indians squared off in their Class 7A-District 10 showdown Oct. 21 at Hawkins Stadium, the grad from the losing school had to wear the other’s school T-shirt.
Manatee won 52-19 and clinched the district title.
So Hick wore the shirt.
It reads “Manatee Special Forces.”
n And John Predgen is 54 on 11-11-11.
n Good to hear Bill Crusselle is back as general manager at River Wilderness Golf and Country Club. Bill was GM from 1996 to 1999, then held similar posts at clubs and resorts in Florida and Arizona.
A graduate of FSU’s school of hospitality and a devoted Seminoles fan, Bill liked to joke, “All I learned at FSU was the Seminole chop -- and I don’t mean sirloin.”
He and wife Mary Jane moved back to their home in Parrish.
n Chris Branch was 18 on Halloween. The Lakewood Ranch High senior cross country runner is eyeing USF after graduation and a career in medicine.
n A camera crew was on hand the other morning filming Pastor Joe Connolly while he celebrated Mass at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.
It’s for TV so shut-ins can observe Mass at home if they’re unable to attend church during Advent.
How convenient, I told the good padre.
Especially if they fast forward through his homily and cut their Mass time in half.
Father Joe gave me a look I remember well from all those times I spent in the principal’s office during parochial school.
n Oh, no! Tom Roback is about to hit the Big 7-0!
The milestone lands on the Robinson Preserve volunteer on 11-11-11.
Vin’s People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055, or firstname.lastname@example.org.